Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Bad ‘Habits’ Edition): Tove Lo


While 2014 in the music industry has been dominated by some less than inspiring acts (I’m specifically referring to Iggy Azalea), it has introduced several new performers who show considerable potential because of intriguing lyrics and appealing styles.  One of those new names to make waves this year is Swedish pop star Tove Lo.

ToveLo_Pic02    Born Tove Nilsson, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tove Lo always felt the juices of artistic creativity flowing through her veins.  She grew up writing poetry and short stories, a talent that would serve her well when she turned to music.  For a little while, Tove was a member of a band called Tremblebee.  She eventually went solo to focus on her own singing and song-writing endeavors.

ToveLo_Pic05    Tove’s career took a big step forward when she started working with song-writing kingmaker, Max Martin.  Tove’s narrative talents allowed her to write good songs for many acts.  Among the performers who have benefited from Tove’s storytelling are Icona Pop, Girls Aloud and Lea Michele.

ToveLo_Pic04    Efforts in song-writing notwithstanding, Tove also had desires to get in front of the microphone.  Her debut album, “Truth Serum”, was released in 2012.  It included tracks like “Love Ballad” and “Out of Mind”.


Tove getting the ‘Royal’ treatment

“Truth Serum” also contained another song that is destined to put Tove on the map.  “Habits (Stay High)” is a catchy, yet painfully emotional, song about the self-destructive behaviors one woman is putting herself through to forget a bad breakup.  The accompanying music video gives a powerful perspective on Tove playing the role of the distraught ex-girlfriend.  Taking part in that video was a draining experience for her.  “Habits” had been simmering in the lower-levels of the Billboard Hot 100 until it started getting heavier airplay.  It now sits at #23 and is rising quickly.

ToveLo_Pic01    Later this fall, “Habits” will be repackaged as a track on Tove’s first major album release, “Queen of the Clouds”.  With her strong song-writing skills and emotional vocals, Tove should be around for awhile.

ToveLo_Pic03    It is not difficult to see how much Tove loves tattoos.  Elaborate illustrations are visible on her left upper arm and right forearm (both are by painter Mark Ryden).  The design on her right forearm is a flaming heart with an eye in the center.

ToveLo_Tat05ToveLo_Tat04   On her left upper arm, she has an intriguing female caricature.  It is her most noticeable tattoo and her favorite.

ToveLo_Tat02ToveLo_Tat01ToveLo_Tat0ToveLo_Tat06ToveLo_Tat07    On the front her right collarbone, Tove has a design of a scorpion.  No doubt, it is inspired by her sign, which is Scorpio (She was born on October 29th).  Interestingly enough, she professes to seriously disliking it (I think it’s well done and fits her public persona).

ToveLo_Tat03You can get more info on Tove at her official website:  http://www.tove-lo.com/

You can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/iamtovelo

You can catch her on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/iamtovelo


Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Band Camp Edition): Alyson Hannigan

AlysonH_Pic01Courtesy of 1999’s sleeper comedy hit, “American Pie”, audiences were introduced to how naughty ‘band geeks’ can be (I had band friends later confirm that this portrayal was accurate).  The poster child for this newly discovered freaky reputation was actress Alyson Hannigan, who portrayed the deceptively nerdy Michelle.  Because of Alyson, you will probably never look at a flute the same way again.

AlysonH_Pic02    Before Alyson showed off the raunchy side of ‘nerd chic’, she had been a fixture in front of the camera for nearly two decades.  Born in Washington, D.C. in 1974, Alyson began appearing in commercials when she was just 4 years old.  Recognizing that she had a lot of potential, her parents moved to Hollywood when she was 11 in order to be closer to the showbiz industry.  Her first major role occurred in 1988 when she starred in “My Stepmother Is an Alien”, where she performed alongside Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger and eventual on-screen boyfriend, Seth Green.

AlysonH_Pic07    Following that initial success, Alyson had guest spots on several popular television shows, such as “Picket Fences” and “Roseanne”, while also being the lead in the short-lived series “Free Spirit”.  It was in 1997 that all of Alyson’s fortunes changed.  That year, the WB Network launched the supernatural series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (and very loosely based on forgettable 1992 film of the same name).

AlysonH_Pic03    Alyson portrayed Willow Rosenberg, a devoted friend and ally of Gellar’s Buffy Summers.  She was initially the girlfriend of Oz (Seth Green) before embarking on one of the pioneering relationships in television.  After Green left the show to focus on his movie career, Willow ended up falling in love with Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), in one of the first regular on-screen lesbian couples in television.  It may not seem like much of a big deal today for TV.  However, when you remember that this was not long after Ellen publicly came out, it was a risky move.  It was also very important because it showed an open, positive LGBT relationship that many could connect with.

AlysonH_Pic06    In the middle of her run on “Buffy”, Alyson scored her signature role as Michelle Flaherty in the “American Pie” series.  While I’m sure the initial film was just viewed as a throwaway summer laugh-fest, with Alyson’s character as one of many interchangeable parts, the film’s surprising success (and Alyson’s endearing performance of Michelle) led to two immediate sequels (and another one about a decade later) and Michelle becoming one of the central characters.

(credit:  Karen Neal/Fox Television)

(credit: Karen Neal/Fox Television)

Lest you think Alyson’s brand of humor had a limited shelf-life, 2005 saw her next major move.  She took the role of Lily on the wildly popular ensemble comedy “How I Met Your Mother”.  This ratings darling scored Alyson two People’s Choice Awards and moved her Q-rating into a status that can only be described as legen-wait for it-dary.  Despite all of this on-screen success, Alyson still found time to get married (to “Buffy” co-star, Alexis Denisof) and have two daughters.

AlysonH_Pic05    One thing Alyson has never been particularly shy about is her affinity for body art.  On her lower back, she has a Kanji symbol for luck & happiness.

AlysonH_Tat03On the inside of her right ankle, Alyson has two dolphins inscribed.  On her left foot, she has a turtle.

AlysonH_Tat04AlysonH_Tat02AlysonH_Tat01You can get some more information about Alyson on this fan site:  http://alyson-hannigan.net/

You can find her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/alydenisof

She’s on Instagram at:  http://instagram.com/alydenisof




A Half-Million Views! (August 27th, 2014)

Half_Million    On August 27th, “New 2 Tats” reached a major milestone: a half-million lifetime views of this tattoo blog.  As my regular readers know, this blog has been a labor of love for me.  No money is made from it.  The only currency is the free exchange of ideas.  Even with some road blocks along the way, I have continued to provide my views on body art, a subject that interests so many people.

I look forward to continuing to provide quality ‘inked’ features ,and I hope to see all of you again when I reach 1 Million Page Views!dr-evil-1-million-dollars

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Vanessa Ferlito

VFerlito_Pic02    My first introduction to actress Vanessa Ferlito occurred during the third season of Keifer Sutherland’s magnum opus, “24”.  Vanessa portrayed Claudia Hernandez, the reluctant girlfriend of Hector Salazar (Vincent Laresca), a Mexican drug lord with access to deadly virus that Jack Bauer (Sutherland) has gone undercover to stop.  She was very good in this role and she displayed her real life love of body art.

VFerlito_Pic01   Vanessa (who is of Italian descent, but known mostly for playing Latina roles) had a difficult early childhood.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, she suffered the loss of her father to a heroin overdose when she was just two years old.  Fortunately, she had a strong support system with her mother and, when her mother remarried, her stepfather, who raised her while also running a Brooklyn hair salon.

VFerlito_Pic06    Vanessa made her acting debut in 2002, staring in the sexual comedy “On_Line”, where she portrayed one of the stars of an adult webcam site.  It received viewings at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.  Vanessa soon got other small roles in shows like “Third Watch”, “Law & Order” and the Edward Norton film “25th Hour”.

VFerlito_Pic03    2003-2004 was Vanessa’s breakthrough period.  She had her major role in “24”.  She also had a cameo on the “Sopranos” and “CSI: Miami”, while also being in the summer blockbuster “Spiderman 2″.

VFerlito_Pic07    The next years saw her as one of the stars in the murder-comedy (yes, you read that right), “Man of the House” (starring Tommy Lee Jones).  She also parlayed her guest spot on “CSI: Miami” into a regular role on its spinoff “CSI: NY”.  Most notable during this time was her performance as Arlene in Quentin Tarantino’s ode to 70’s pulp films, “Grindhouse” (She was in the segment “Death Proof”).

VFerlito_Pic05   She scored roles in some more major theatrical releases, such as “Julie and Julia” and “Wall Street:  Money Never Sleeps” before making a move back to the small screen for a significant lead role.  She stars in the USA drama “Graceland”.  In it, she portrays FBI agent ‘Charlie’ DeMarco, one of several undercover law enforcement officers lodging together while they work major cases.  Already in its second season, we should be seeing more of Vanessa for the foreseeable future.

VFerlito_Pic04    Vanessa’s role in “24” showed she has an appreciation of body art.  A dream catcher could be seen on her left shoulder.  This was not for the role.  It was her real life tattoo.


On her left wrist, she has a tribute to her late father with ‘Dad’ and a star inscribed.


Vanessa also appears to have a design of a spade or an apple on her right wrist.


On the back of her left bicep, she has an unknown design.

VFerlito_Tat05    Finally, on her right bicep, she has the date ‘9-21-07′ inscribed, for the birth date of her son, Vince.


I could not locate any official, or fan, websites for Vanessa.  I was not able to find a verified Twitter account for her either.

However, Vanessa seems to have a presence on Instagram:  http://instagram.com/vanessaferlito

Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Swimsuit Edition…..Edition): Jessica Gomes

JGomes_Pic05    The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition has always been one of the most popular publications released.  While courting some controversy due to the Swimsuit Edition’s very existence, it has also been a “who’s who” of the modeling industry.  Famous names such as Cheryl Tiegs, Kathy Ireland, Tyra Banks and Marissa Miller have graced the cover in past years.  Sports Illustrated has also featured wonderful athletes such as Jennie Finch, Clair Bidez and Maria Sharapova.


credit: Sports Illustrated

In addition to the famous names that Sports Illustrated gets to be on the cover, the magazine also has a series of regular models who appear each year in this edition.  One of the more notable models from recent years has been the Australian-born hottie, Jessica Gomes.


credit: Sports Illustrated

In 2008, Jessica made her debut on the pages of the Swimsuit Edition as a group on new models known as the ‘rookies’.  Her exotic look (she is of Portuguese-Chinese heritage) struck a chord with subscribers and the SI editors.  Starting with her debut, Jessica has appeared in every annual issue since.


Jessica Gomes palling around with fellow inked Aussie hottie, Jessica Mauboy.

While the exact location of this Australian’s birth is subject to some dispute (both Perth and Sydney have been cited), Jessica did grow up in the rural settings of the province of Western Australia.  When she turned 13, her mother saw fit to enroll Jessica in modeling classes at the Linda-Ann Modeling Academy near Perth.  Soon, she entered a modeling contest and her career took off from there.


In 2004, Gomes was signed by the prestigious world-wide modeling agency, IMG Models.  While the runways of Paris and Milan would seem to be the likely destination for a top model, Jessica has chosen to focus her work in a variety of Asian markets.  She is very popular in South Korea, where she did campaigns for Hyundai and LG Phones, and appeared on their version of “Dancing with the Stars” (she finished 3rd).  In print work, Jessica has appeared in Vogue, Glamour and Victoria’s Secret (in addition to her notable work for Sports Illustrated).  Jessica has even been the covergirl for Maxim magazine.


In addition to some of her more conventional modeling work, Jessica’s popularity in the hip-hop community has led to other opportunities for publicity.  She has been the voice that announces Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group at the start of everyone of their songs, and she has been mentioned in a song by Kanye.  She is also the face of the Diddy’s perfume collaboration with Estee’ Lauder, called “Unforgivable” by Sean John.

    On top of breaking through ceiling for multi-racial models (which, unfortunately, still exists), Jessica is also a representative for the growing acceptance of body art.  Even though some photo sets still airbrush her tattoos out of the pictures, more are starting to let Jessica proudly show off her body art.  She has the word “Love” inscribed on her right wrist.  On the outer part of her left forearm she has her parents’ names inscribed.

JGomes_Tat04JGomes_Tat01JGomes_Tat03JGomes_Tat02JGomes_Tat05You can find out more about Jessica on her official website:  http://jessoffduty.com/

For your social media fix, go here:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/iamjessicagomes

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/iamjessicagomes

Hottie Ink Update: Selena Gomez gets Tattoo #4 !!

SelenaCover    It goes without saying that Selena Gomez is a huge favorite of “New 2 Tats”.  Each tattoo she gets is wonderfully feminine and fits her perfectly.  Midway through what has been a very trying year for Selena (including a short stay in rehab, continued off-and-on relationship with Justin Bieber, getting unnecessarily over-analyzed in the media and just the overall growing pains of a young woman still working to define who she is), she chose to treat herself to her FOURTH tattoo!  Before we show her new ink, lets recap her body art so far:

Tattoo # 1:  Music Note on her right wrist (which represents her true passion).

SelenaTat3Tattoo # 2:  Roman Numeral LXXVI (76) on the back of her neck [Represents the year of her mother's birth].

SelenaTat2_01Tattoo # 3:  The quote “Jesus Strengthens Me” along her right hip (It is a reference to the Biblical verse Philippians 4:13)

Selena_Tat3_02Now, for the grand reveal of Selena’s new tattoo, which only appeared on her Instagram account today (though she apparently has had it for about a month).

SelenaG_Tat04_Tat01Along Selena’s right rib cage, and running partway across her back, is an Arabic phrase that means, “Love Yourself First”.  No doubt this has significant meaning to a woman learning the importance of her inner strength and confidence.  Of course, Selena doesn’t let anyone put a needle her to skin other than ‘tattoo artist the to stars’, Bang Bang.


Here’s hoping this means that ONLY Bang Bang will do her body art… and not that tattoo # 4 is her last one.

Continued to see what Selena is up to on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/selenagomez

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/selenagomez


Celebrity Tattoo of the Day (Girl Code Edition): Carly Aquilino

CarlyAq_Pic07    Perhaps you have watched MTV lately and come across a show featuring a woman with bright red hair, an incredible half-sleeve tattoo, and an interesting view on the battle of the sexes.  That woman would be comedian Carly Aquilino and the show is “Girl Code”

CarlyAq_Pic03    MTV had originally run a comedy show called “Guy Code” that was play on the noted, but unwritten, ‘man laws’ regarding the code of conduct among guys (hilariously portrayed in a series of Miller Lite commercials several years earlier).  Of course, the success of “Guy Code” made it clear that a companion series for the ladies would be needed.  So, MTV rounded up a group top-notch female comedians and launched “Girl Code”.

CarlyAq_Pic04     Carly had been a stand-up comedian for about a year before “Girl Code” came along.  The native New Yorker made the bold step to grab the mic at the Gotham Comedy Club.  The rest, they say, is history.  It has been a bright red history among some of the more entertaining comedians around.

CarlyAq_Pic05    As you can see, Carly hasn’t always looked like Hayley Williams’ more devilish cousin.  She says the red hair happened when she worked as a shampoo girl at a local hair salon.  One day, she was messing around with the different hair colors and stumbled across the bright red hue.  She loved it and has gone with it ever since.  She was 18 when she discovered that style.  So, with it having been a part of who she was for so long, she didn’t realize how much of a distinctive trademark it was until people started noticing it, and positively commenting on it, because of “Girl Code”.

CarlyAq_Pic06     If you follow Carly on Twitter or Instagram (whose links will be posted below), you find she is naturally funny (in a great sarcastic manner).  You will usually find her hanging out with her partner-in-crime, and fellow “Girl Code” comedian, Jessimae Peluso, and behaving naughtily with another “Girl Code-r”, Nicole Byer.  While Carly met most of the comedians on “Girl Code”, she Jessimae were friends from the comedy circuit before then.

CarlyAq_Pic02     It’s still early in Carly’s career, but “Girl Code” has been picked up for a third season.  Her popularity on that show, and on the stand-up circuit, will keep her stature growing.

CarlyAq_Pic01     One thing that is quite clear about Carly is how much she loves tattoos.  Her most noticeable one is her very colorful, and exquisitely designed, half sleeve on her left arm.  In an interview with Inked Magazine, she described how it started out just as lotus flower and then grew into a much more profound design.  I love this tattoo, so quite of a few images of it are going to be shown below.


Carly posing with her fellow inked BFF, Jessimae Peluso



In this photo, Carly shows a series of star the run from her hip up her right side (she said she got her first tattoo, which read “La Vita e Bella” on her hip at age 14.  Her parents were actually pretty cool with it).  You can also see a little design of some kind just underneath her armpit.

CarlyAq_Tat07CarlyAq_Tat06     Proving that ink is a family passion, Carly’s most recent tattoo is a little wishbone along her left wrist, tattooed on by her brother, Michael.  Michael is an aspiring tattoo artist who has just opened his own studio.

CarlyAq_Tat10Carly has no official website, but you can follow her on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/carlyaquilino

and Instagram:  http://instagram.com/carlyaquilino